This is a favorite salad in our house lately. My kids even like it enough to take it in their school lunches. I have included two different ways that I make it. One way, using a favorite replacement for soy sauce and the other, a creamier version, using plain yogurt similar to a waldorf style salad dressing. For both recipes the kale is softened by massaging with olive oil and it makes all the difference for raw kale recipes, I promise.
here’s an image of the kale before it’s massaged and then after. You can see how the texture has changed and looks more palatable.
Kale, Cabbage, Carrot Slaw w/ Toasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 bunch of kale (approx. 5-6 large leaves – chopped w/ribs removed
1/2 head of red cabbage, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 t. olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt for massaging kale
3 T coconut aminos | a new favorite – I have been using this to replace soy sauce and it’s excellent!
2 T. sesame oil
1/4 t. sea salt
juice of one orange (if you don’t have oranges just use another T. of raw honey)
1-2 T. raw honey
top with 1 T. toasted sesame seeds (to toast seeds, stir in a hot pan for 1 min until lightly browned)
After the kale is chopped, add 1 t. of olive oil, sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and gently massage it by hand for a good minute. This completely transforms the kale, softening it and taking away the bitterness, making it more palatable for all. You will want to add this into every salad you make! Now mix massaged kale, cabbage, and carrot together in a bowl.
To make the sauce, add the remaining ingredients together and mix into the veggies. Top with toasted sesame seeds.
Creamy Version of Kale, Cabbage, Carrot Slaw w/ Toasted Sesame Seeds
Use same amounts of veggies from recipe above
for the sauce, mix together the following and add to the veggies. Add toasted sesame seeds on the top.
1/2 c. yogurt
2 T. apple cider vinegar (this is the one that I use).
6 T. apple juice
2 T. raw honey
1/4 t. sea salt
1 T. toasted sesame seeds
Note : for another variation, thinly sliced red or green apple can be added to either of the salads.
You can read more here and here for some great benefits of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Two ways that we use it frequently are adding 1/2 t. to warm water with a little raw honey to sooth sore throats and ease nausea and I add it to this Indian Clay, another favorite, for a soothing facial mask. This clay mixed with a little water is also soothing for mosquito bites and diaper rashes.